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Atrium Health and Wingate University offer a neurologic physical therapy program designed to train exceptional physical therapists in advanced neurological physical therapy care in inpatient and outpatient settings. The accredited program is recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.


About the Program

The Neurologic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency at Atrium Health and Wingate University is a comprehensive one-year program that includes rotations across acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Residents provide 32 hours of patient care each week, including four hours with a clinical mentor, and are employed by Atrium Health. Weekly lecture and lab sessions as well as directed learning will occupy the resident’s remaining time. Compensation includes a program-adjusted salary and a full benefits package.

This state-of-the-art residency program engages participants in face-to-face instruction, lab sessions and directed learning activities with faculty and students of Wingate University’s Department of Physical Therapy and provides teaching opportunities in the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The curriculum integrates scientific concepts that enhance patient examination, clinical decision-making, medical management and advanced treatment skills.

The program curriculum provides advanced instruction in relevant basic sciences, motor learning and motor control, pharmacology, imaging, differential diagnosis, outcome measures, critical inquiry, and the evidence-based process of neurological rehabilitation across the patient-client management model.

Completion of this program will prepare you for:

  • Advanced neurologic physical therapy practice
  • ABPTS Neurologic Clinical Specialist examination
  • Efficient and effective patient management
  • Application of evidence-based practices

Admission Requirements

We welcome recent graduates interested in neurologic physical therapy. Post-entry level clinical experience in neurology preferred. Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate of a CAPTE-accredited PT program with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree or completion of a post-professional DPT
  • Active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and of the Neurology section
  • Eligible to practice physical therapy within Atrium Health
  • Current North Carolina physical therapy license
  • Current CPR certification

Application Portal

In an effort to simplify the application process for prospective physical therapist (PT) residents as well as to facilitate the admissions process, we participate in the APTA's Residency/Fellowship Physical Therapist Centralized Application Services (RF-PTCAS). Apply here.

Information and instructions on the application process can be found at the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education Application Service.

Completed applications must be submitted February 28 and applicants will be notified of acceptance March 30. The start date is the first full week in June.


Approved applicants will be required to visit an Atrium Health location for an on-site interview. Interview offers will be communicated via the RF-PTCAS application portal and will take place during the first and second weeks of May.

Learn More

Read our curriculum overview and FAQ to learn more about our program.

You may also email Jackie LaBarbera at Atrium Health or Katie Sewell at Wingate University.